For over 100 years Pine Mountain has been focused on enriching lives and connecting people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.
An in-depth digital look at the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive. The collection
ABOUT THE ARCHIVE
The Vision of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive is to provide a voice that will encourage transformations in our relationship to the cultures of the Appalachian region through access to a unique and extensive body of material about a rural settlement school within the region. The rural settlement school movement and its impact on the people of Eastern Kentucky and the Southern Appalachians is a story that has sometimes been misrepresented, romanticized, or only partially understood. We envision an accessible, deep, vibrant and vital resource that will encourage exploration and collaborative dialogue about the hidden and sometimes contested history of rural settlement schools. We envision a broader dissemination of research materials across all public, private, and federal sectors interested in Southern Appalachian cultures and life. more …
OUR ARCHIVAL MISSION
The Pine Mountain Settlement School archival mission supports the institutional mission and strategic planning goals. Our institutional mission continues a long 105-year history of multiple educational and social enrichment programs centered on the local community and beyond. Once a boarding school with a progressive educational curriculum, Pine Mountain School’s recent educational programming has moved away from residential education to multi-faceted offerings of short-term environmental, cultural, medical, social, agricultural, and art and craft programs and workshops. But, the archive has not moved away from, nor will it move away from, a commitment to Pine Mountain as place and people. more …
To access the Archive go to INDEX TO ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS (also at the top of the page).
Glyn Morris arrived at Pine Mountain at the age of 26 to assume the role of Director of PMSS. An immigrant from Wales, a graduate of Union Theological School in New York City, short and opinionated, it would seem that he would be challenged at every level. He was. Yet, Pine Mountain had ten of the most successful years in its history …
March 21. It was the time of Equinox when night and day are of equal length and when the earth seems to hesitate in its spin as it slips into the longer communion with the sun. In 1983, on March 21, Mary Rogers slipped away to what she called her “sub specie aeternitatis” [Latin for “under the aspect of eternity’] By 1983, March 21 had already been changed to April 22 as the universal date of Earth Day, but, Mary Rogers, now beyond time, was on a new adventure. Her Earth Days, 365 of them in nearly every year of her life were now seeds in the minds of those she touched in her lifetime. Her small collection of notes gathered as “Seed Notes” record her love of nature and her deeply spiritual reflections on her love of the earth.
LATEST BIOGRAPHY: Eve Newman
Katherine Pettit and Ethel de Long were fortunate that, in 1913, Eve Newman followed them from Hindman Settlement School to assist in the establishment of the new Pine Mountain Settlement School. Not only was Miss Newman an adept fundraiser and office and field secretary but, due to her lively and amiable personality, easily made friends with the PMSS “family” and community.
Using information from the PMSS archives, found mostly in the Marguerite Butler letters, the biography describes Miss Newman’s experiences with her friends, such as sleeping in a tent, planning for classes, riding muleback over the mountains and hiking 20 miles “down Greasy.”
Eve Newman’s biography provides further information from “The Newman Aunts,” a website about six Newman sisters, including Eve, who grew up in the early years of the 20th century. Eve Newman’s pages track her life and career before, during and after Pine Mountain. The site was written by the sisters’ great-greatniece who graciously gave us permission to borrow details about Miss Newman. All of the sisters’ biographies are inspiring and intriguing stories of women during the Progressive Era.
NEW LEADERSHIP: PRESTON JONES, an energetic and productive innovator, says of his new leadership role
“… I am truly honored. Having grown up in Harlan County,
I often wondered if there was a
future for me here. My experience at Pine Mountain has reinforced what I always knew to be true, there is a future for Harlan County and the region, and that Pine Mountain is uniquely positioned to pave the way forward… I’m excited about the trajectory of the School and look forward to working with you all to carry out your remarkable mission.” MORE …
SEE WHAT’S NEW! ARCHIVE for older featured collections.
For example: GUIDE TO FAMILIES IN PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY.
COMMENTS and CONTACT
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PMSS ARCHIVE MISSION STATEMENT (extended)
ABOUT OCR TEXT
Many of the texts included in this site have been automatically generated using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. In some cases, these texts have not been manually reviewed or corrected.
OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is not 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original publication and its condition at the time of microfilming. Publications with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
CITATION OF MATERIALS
Any PUBLIC use of material must properly cite Pine Mountain Settlement School in the following manner:
“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. [date], Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. [date accessed]
The manuscript collections and archival records in the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections may contain sensitive and/or confidential information derived from historical archives that may be protected under federal and state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers who wish to publish and users who may share material from the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections are advised by this notice that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in some collections within the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. may be a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person for which Pine Mountain Settlement School assumes no responsibility.
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See INDEX TO COLLECTIONS for an overview of collections and series.